April 21, 2019

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Parks and Recreation

Running Home to Rappahannock County

The finish line for Katie Arnold’s first-place victory in Saturday’s Fodderstack Classic 10K — a giant blown-up arch with computerized timing — is a far cry from the uneven chalk line she crossed as a young girl in 1981, her National Geographic photographer dad David Arnold of Huntly awaiting her arrival on Gay Street to capture the moment. […]

Letters to the Editor

Planning facilitator not enough

We’ve seen a successful model of that in the county. The Foothills Forum has funded professional journalists who have developed comprehensive and award winning feature articles backed by extensive data gathering and analysis run by this paper on key issues in the county. […]

Letters to the Editor

Stripping away Rappahannock County

Mr. Nash, I agree with your comments regarding the over building on the western side of Little Jenkins Mountain. The land has been stripped and multiple huge houses have been built. The natural beauty of the area has been lost, my ancestors are crying. […]

Letters to the Editor

Political civility anyone?

The skills needed to carry on meaningful conversations are teachable. On Tuesday, April 23, Meg Heubeck, Director of Educational Outreach at the UVA Center for Politics will present a workshop on “Political Civility: Talking to people who disagree with you.” This is not about issues or politics. It’s about the skills needed to talk about these things. The workshop is free, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rappahannock Library. […]

Letters to the Editor

Expiration clause

My sense of history indicates that cell phones will be antique-shop items in another fifty years. It’s only fair to the community that when these towers are no longer useful, those who profited from them be required to take them down. […]


The Noah Option

How uniquely positioned we are. We are within striking distance of actually achieving Wilson’s admirable goal within our own county, even within our own lifetimes. We could be one of the very first counties in America to make Half-Earth a reality in our own backyards! […]

Letters to the Editor

Hearing from the people

I am writing to express my gratitude to the one-hundred forty voters who opened their doors over the course of the last three weeks and signed my petition for the Hampton District Board of Supervisors seat. Every signature collected brought with it a one-on-one conversation about where our county is now and where it is headed. […]

Letters to the Editor

Paving paradise

I know many of these developers personally, some who live in the county, and I can tell you that they are biding their time for these kinds of “improvements” to happen. Please don’t open the door to development! . . . (Oh, no, I hate to be fighting this fight again!) […]


Putting Rappahannock back on the map

Peter, who is 9 and lives in Amissville, brought home Reserve Grand Champion Feeder Steer, 2nd Place Hereford Late Yearling, and 5th Place Novice Showmanship. Peter not only trains the steer, he cares for it morning and night, and as seen here even caught a nap with his buddy after rising at 4 a.m. to begin the long day of fierce competition. […]


Teal ribbons focus on sexual assault

April is sexual assault awareness month, reads a sign tied to a tree in front of the Rappahannock County Courthouse. “This teal ribbon is tied here as a visual effort to bring public awareness to sexual assault” and to remind that “community services are available to those affected by sexual assault.” […]

School/Education News

School news for April 18

RCHS state champs in ‘Governor’s Challenge’ — on to Nebraska; Dr. Shannon Grimsley and the School Board recognized RCPS art students for participating in the Virginia School Board Association’s (VSBA) Regional Student Art Contest; RCES students laughed, danced, and learned about biodiversity during a special performance by Billy B Productions. […]

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Local Events This Week

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  • Easter Breakfast

    April 21, 2019  7:00 am - 9:00 am
    Forest Grove Road, Forest Grove Rd, Virginia 20106, USA
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  • UUBRidge Easter Service

    April 21, 2019  10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Hearthstone School, 11576 Lee Hwy, Sperryville, VA 22740, USA
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  • Political Civility workshop

    April 23, 2019  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Rappahannock County Library, 4 Library Road, Washington, VA 22747, USA
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  • Job Fair

    April 24, 2019  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Lord Fairfax Community College - Fauquier Campus, 6480 College St, Warrenton, VA 20187, USA
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